NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Four
Familiar names continued to shine during Round Four of the NAB League Girls competition; while 2 teams butted heads in the match of the round.
The Western Jets stormed home to beat the Rebels, 10.14 (74) to 2.3 (15). Holding just a 7-point lead at the first break, the Jets flew away by kicking 8 goals to 1 to finish the match, securing the 59-point win. Montana Ham and Charlotte Baskaran were at their usual best, while the Rebels found some relief through Lilli Condon and Jamie Lee Speakman.
The Falcons and the Chargers clashed in what proved to be the game of the round. Geelong just came out on top, with their final quarter surge seeing them get over the line, 3.6 (24) to 3.5 (23). The Chargers looked like they were gonna claim the win, but 2 goals in as many minutes by Kara Stacey and Leila Owens brought the game even before Lizzie Dowling scored the crucial behind.
The Calder Cannons continued Gippsland’s rough start to the season by defeating them by 32-points, 7.8 (50) to 2.6 (18). Gippsland had no shortage of performers, with Brisbane, Centra, and young gun Stoddart all playing well, yet they were no match for the even-spread of Cannons’ talent.
Bellah Parker led Tasmania to a 28-point win over Bendigo, 9.10 (64) to 5.6 (36). Lucia Painter was impressive for the Pioneers, while Claire Ransom continued her stellar season for the Devils. The match was closer than the finals scoreline suggests, but 4 unanswered goals during the final term were the crucial difference.
Robertson, Clarke, and Butterworth combined for 6 goals as the Stingrays defeated the Bushrangers, 11.10 (76) to 3.7 (25). It was a game of 2 fortunes; Dandenong solidified their position as the top side, while the Bushrangers were dealt a blow with the loss of Madison Gray to an ankle injury.
The Eastern Ranges flicked the switch after halftime to defeat the Northern Knights by 51 points, 1.4 (10) to 9.7 (61). Rylie Wilcox and Ava Jordan tried their best for the Knights, but the scoring power of the Ranges was too much to handle. The Ranges kicked 7 of their 9 goals during the second half, the Knights on the other hand went goalless for the final 3 quarters.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Charlotte Baskaran
Vice-Captain: Bridget Deed
Full forward is home to Bellah Parker who managed to double her goal kicking tally in a weekend. Parker, who had previously kicked 3 goals across the last 3 rounds, stepped up for the Devils by booting 3 goals from her 8 touches, while also having 3 marks and 3 tackles.
Dandenong gun, Amber Clarke, once again makes an appearance on our side. Continuing to have the performance that we have become accustomed to, Clarke collected 16 touches, 4 tackles, and booted 2 goals.
Joining Clarke is fellow Stingray, Meg Robertson, who caused havoc for the opposition thanks to her total of 19 disposals, 4 tackles, and 2 straight goals.
Centre half-forward is home to Olivia Manfre, who made her presence up forward for the Cannons by kicking 2 goals from her 10 touches. As well as impacting the scoreline, she also collected 8 tackles and 5 marks.
Young Eastern Ranges forward, Georgia Knight had a strong match. Knight, facing against the opponents of the same name, had 11 touches, 3 marks, and kicked 3 major scores.
Geelong’s Grace Purcell makes another appearance in the side after her standout display which included 24 disposals and 11 tackles.
Rucking duties belong to Geelong’s Keeley Hardingham who had her best game of the season thus far. Hardingham was dangerous in the air, finishing with 19 hit-outs, while also being a threat at ground level with 21 touches and 7 tackles.
The wings are home to Calder’s Mali McLeod and Gippsland’s Sunday Brisbane. McLeod had a strong outing, finishing with 15 disposals, 3 marks and a goal, while Brisbane impressed with a game-high of 26 touches.
Bridget Deed had another amazing display during the Ranges big win. Deed was simply dangerous, thanks to her game-high total of 35 touches, which sits very nicely alongside her 6 marks and 5 tackles.
The captain of our side this week, and continuing her amazing season, is the Western Jets gun, Charlotte Baskaran. Baskaran had a game-high of 31 disposals, which included 2 goals, and she also created chances with 9 inside 50s and 5 tackles.
Joining her in the middle is fellow Jet, Montana Ham who has also continued her amazing year by having 30 touches, 5 tackles and 5 marks. She also got the ball to her dangerous forwards, with a whooping 13 inside 50s.
Calder’s Maree Stephenson played her best game this season thanks to her total of 11 touches and 6 rebound 50s. Meanwhile, Gippsland’s Ella Stoddart continued her amazing start to her debut NAB League season by collecting 21 disposals, 6 rebound 50s and 2 tackles.
Rebels’ rebounder, Jamie Lee Speakman, has continued her run of impressive performances after having 21 touches, 8 marks and 4 rebound 50s. This standout display was a highlight during what was an otherwise tough day for the Rebels.
She’s a big-named Bushranger, and Keeley Skepper showed why on the weekend as she did her best to keep the Bushies in the match. Skepper’s efforts included a game-high of 26 touches, as well as 10 rebound 50s, 5 marks and 4 tackles.
Deep in defence once again is Erin Woodford, who had another solid outing for the Chargers with her total of 15 disposals, 4 rebound 50s and 3 marks.
Having a decent game down back in the thrilling clash was Geelong’s Mia Van Dyke, who had 12 touches, 3 marks and 3 tackles – she also equated for a game-high of 6 rebound 50s.
Mia Austin joins the side as the second ruck after yet another impressive display for the Ranges. Austin had an impact with 17 hit-outs, 10 disposals, 7 tackles, and she even hit the scoreboard with a major.
Bendigo’s Lucia Painter has continued her standout start to the season. This time the promising Pioneer had a game-high of 22 disposals to go along with her 5 tackles, 4 marks, and a goal.
Young gun Tasmanian, Brooke Barwick, makes an appearance this week after having an all-around solid performance. This Devil was certainly busy, having had 17 disposals, 5 tackles, and a goal.
Zarlie Goldsworthy has continued her amazing debut season, collecting 23 touches, 11 tackles, and a goal for the Bushrangers on the weekend. This brings her season total of touches up to 108 which, for just 4 games of footy, is outstanding.
Charlotte Van der Vlies enjoyed her best game of the 2022 season with a great display for the Chargers. Neary doubling her previous best disposal count, she finished with 23 touches and 7 tackles.
Western Jets round out the team with Paige Ryan making an appearance on the back of her 14 touches, 6 tackles, and a goal.
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